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Jun 24, 2014

DirecTV to U.S. lawmakers on AT&T deal: broadband ‘changing everything’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV’s chief executive officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that the largest U.S. satellite television provider needs to merge with AT&T Inc so that it can offer Internet service to consumers that is critical to remaining competitive.

“We’ve competed aggressively by delivering more high-definition channels, a clearer picture … than cable,” CEO Michael White said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5 billion merger before the House Judiciary Committee.

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. FCC to vote in July on Internet subsidy changes for schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 11 on proposed changes to a subsidy program aimed at improving wireless Internet in schools and libraries nationwide without spending more, the agency said on Friday.

The five-member FCC will vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to begin transitioning the largest U.S. education technology program, E-Rate, to focus entirely on high-speed Internet services and to better use its current funding on new technology.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. says cable, fiber Internet speeds mostly as hyped; DSL lags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cable and fiber Internet providers generally deliver the download speeds they advertise, though not consistently, while DSL connections increasingly fail to meet promised speeds, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

The agency has been testing download and upload speeds of top Internet service providers (ISPs) yearly since 2011, but this year for the first time also assessed how likely consumers were to get speeds as advertised.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. bill on email privacy gathers majority support in the House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.

Advocates of the reform, which have included large tech companies such as Google, welcomed the news of 218 lawmakers signing on to the bill in the Republican-controlled House. The White House has also endorsed efforts to rewrite the old law.

Jun 15, 2014

Mobile ‘net neutrality’ faces new day of reckoning at U.S. FCC

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – A surge in mobile Internet
usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same
rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large
technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for
such a change.

The Federal Communications Commission is now rewriting the
so-called “net neutrality” rules, aimed at ensuring that
Internet providers do not unfairly block or slow down users’
access to content on the web, after their 2010 version was
rejected in January by an appeals court.

Jun 13, 2014

FCC looking into slow Internet download speeds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will review agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to figure out whether they are causing slow web download speeds for some consumers, especially for streaming video content.

Consumers have complained to the Federal Communications Commission about the ongoing spat between Netflix and Internet service providers (ISPs). Both sides accuse each other of causing a slowdown in Internet speeds by the way they route traffic.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. regulator begins review of web traffic exchange agreements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is studying details of Internet traffic exchange agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and others to begin to review such arrangements, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Friday.

The U.S. regulator has collected terms of so-called “peering agreements” between Netflix Inc and the two large Internet service providers, but is asking other broadband providers and content companies to share theirs as well.

Jun 12, 2014

U.S. telecom chief tells industry to lead on cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecom
regulator on Thursday asked phone, cable and other companies to
step up and show measurable actions they take to protect
communications networks from cyber attacks and hold themselves
accountable without new regulations.

In his first major speech devoted fully to cybersecurity,
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the
private sector to “step up to assume new responsibility and
market accountability for managing cyber risks” before the FCC
takes a regulatory approach to the problem.

Jun 11, 2014

AT&T defends DirecTV deal to U.S. regulators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s acquisition of DirecTV would offer consumers access to video in a variety of media and give the company scale to compete with larger cable competitors, AT&T told U.S. regulators on Wednesday.

AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier, outlined why its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of the largest U.S. satellite TV provider would benefit consumers in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, which will examine whether the merger is in the public interest.

Jun 5, 2014

Sprint, T-Mobile deal to face fierce U.S. antitrust headwinds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) might have some fresh arguments to allay regulator skepticism about a merger, but the government may still be reluctant to approve shrinking the U.S. wireless market from four main players to three.

Analysts said a decline in shares of both companies on Thursday reflected those high regulatory hurdles. T-Mobile closed 2.3 percent lower and Sprint 4 percent lower.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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